Peter Martin

Peter Martin is one of the most authoritative and influential communicators and community-builders in the eating and drinking out sector, with some 35 years experience as entrepreneur, columnist, editor, media owner, market analyst and board adviser

He is founder of the Atlantic Club, an exclusive international network for senior executives from the out-of-home food and drink market, and vice president of CGA, the global data and insight specialist for the food and drink sector.

Over the years, he has launched and run a raft of business magazines, newsletters and conferences and is probably best known as both co-founder and publisher of the M&C Report newsletter, now renamed MCA. He remains a regular columnist and contributing editor.

More recently he co-founded Peach Factory, the specialist media, consultancy, research and events business for the hospitality sector created with partner Christine Martin, which was acquired by CGA in July 2013.

He is now a strategic advisor to a number of companies, including CGA and Harri, the on-line people management platform based in New York and London.

CGA, through its offices in Manchester and Chicago, provides market insight and analysis, working with brand owners, operators, investors and suppliers. Research products include the Coffer Peach Business Tracker and the BrandTrack consumer survey, both of which Peter helped create and develop. CGA continues to run the Peach portfolio of industry conferences and events, including the Peach2020 conference and Hero & Icon Awards, which Peter chairs and curates.

Peter is an inveterate networker and 'allegedly' has the best contacts book in the UK market. He speaks and presents regularly at events in the UK, Europe and the US. He is a founder of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), the trade organization for the UK pub, bar and casual dining sector, and now sits on the advisory council of UK Hospitality, the lead hospitality association formed by the amalgamation of ALMR and BHA.

He is a trustee of the Tim Bacon Foundation, the cancer charity created in memory of celebrated restaurant and bar entrepreneur Tim Bacon.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Peter has continued to work closely with the likes of CGA and UK Hospitality to support the out-of-home sector, helping to deliver industry insight and data, and chairing and curating industry webinars.

Working with Harri, he helped create and launch the free-to-use Hospitality Unite jobs website, providing temporary employment for furloughed hospitality workers. With Yumpingo, CGA and UK Hospitality, he was part of the team that launched the industry-wide, also free-to-use, We Hear You initiative to gain consumer feedback on hygiene and safety standards across the hospitality sector.

In 2016 he won the Special Achievement Award from Eat Out magazine and in 2018 the Special Award at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.